CINCINNATI - A federal district court did not err in dismissing a securities class action lawsuit because shareholders failed to plead scienter and the defendants' alleged misleading statements were forward-looking and protected, a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Feb. 21 in affirming (IBEW Local No. 58 Annuity Fund, et al. v. EveryWare Global Inc., et al., No. 16-3445, 6th Cir., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2925).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 21 denied a petition for writ of certiorari in a stock-drop case arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Alex E. Rinehart, et al. v. John F. Akers, et al., No. 16-562, U.S. Sup.).
SAN FRANCISCO - A shareholder has met all statutory requirements to serve as lead plaintiff in a securities class action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company and certain current and former executive officers over their alleged misrepresentations concerning their involvement in a generic drug price-fixing scheme in violation of federal securities laws, a federal judge in California ruled Feb. 15 (Greg Fleming v. Impax Laboratories Inc., et al., No. 16-6557, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22147).
HOUSTON - Dismissal of a securities class action lawsuit is proper, a federal judge in Texas ruled Feb. 14, because lead plaintiffs failed to plead any actionable misrepresentations or scienter in arguing that an offshore energy services company and certain of its current and former executive officers misrepresented repair issues with one of the company's well intervention vessels in violation of federal securities laws (Parvis Izadjoo v. Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc., et al., No. 15-2213, S.D. Texas, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20444).
NEW YORK - A lead plaintiff in a securities class action lawsuit against a business intelligence and marketing automation software service provider, certain of its executive officers and underwriters of the company's initial public offering (IPO) failed to show that the defendants violated federal securities law by failing to disclose certain trends in its customer concentration and sales growth, a federal judge in New York ruled Feb. 13 in granting the defendants' motions to dismiss (Andrew D. Nguyen v. MaxPoint Interactive Inc., et al., No. 15-6880, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20069).
DENVER - Shareholders have pleaded a majority of their claims against defendants in a securities class action lawsuit against a drug maker, certain of its current and former executive officers and others, a federal judge in Colorado found Feb. 9 in ruling on three different dismissal motions (Sonny P. Medina, et al. v. Clovis Oncology Inc., et al., No. 15-2546, D. Colo., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18795).
NEW YORK - An online foreign exchange trading services provider and its CEO concealed that the company's American subsidiary had engaged in "false and misleading solicitations of its foreign exchange customers" in violation of federal securities laws, an investor argues in a Feb. 8 securities class action complaint filed in New York federal court (Ying Zhao v. FXCM Inc., et al., No. 17-0955, S.D. N.Y.).
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Two pension funds failed to plead any material misrepresentations or omissions or scienter in arguing that a company and certain of its executive officers issued misstatements regarding the company's financial condition in the wake of an industry downturn, a federal judge in Florida ruled Feb. 8 in granting the defendants' motion to dismiss (In re KLX Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 16-80023, S.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17764).
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on Feb. 8 dismissed an amended complaint filed by investors who alleged that a financial services firm and its CEO engaged in a scheme to manipulate prices at which certain futures contracts traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Global Platform (CME Globex), ruling that the investors failed to show that the alleged transactions took place on an American exchange as required pursuant to U.S. Supreme Court precedent in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, Ltd. (Myun-Uk Choi, et al. v. Tower Research Capital LLC, et al., No. 14-9912, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18174).
DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on Feb. 8 denied motions for summary judgment in consolidated cases filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (COC) and other groups opposed to the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) new "fiduciary rule" set to take effect April 10, saying that the DOL has not exceeded its authority and that the new rule does not violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. v. Edward Hugler, Acting Secretary of Labor, et al., No. 3:16-cv-1476, consolidated with 3:16-cv-1530, 3:16-cv-1537, N.D. Texas; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17619).
BOSTON - A former programmer for a Massachusetts biopharmaceutical company was charged Feb. 7 with insider trading for conspiring to commit securities fraud by trading insider information about successful drug trials (United States of America v. Songjiang Wang, No. 17-1005, D. Mass.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - Several current and former executive officers and directors of an electric carmaker used "the wrong procedural tool" in arguing on behalf of dismissal of a common-law securities fraud claim against them, a federal judge in Delaware ruled Feb. 7 in denying a pair of dismissal motions (In re Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc. Shareholder Litigation, No. 13-2100, D. Del, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16683).
BOSTON - Federal securities class action filings hit record highs in 2016, up more than 40 percent of the average from 1997-2015, according to a report released Jan. 31 by economic and financial consulting firm Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Securities and Exchange Commission has pleaded its claims with particularity and has properly pleaded scienter in arguing that a hedge fund manager and others engaged in widespread securities fraud with regard to an investment scheme in violation of federal securities laws, a federal judge in Florida ruled Jan. 30 in substantially denying the defendants' motion to dismiss (Securities and Exchange Commission v. Kingdom Legacy General Partners LLC, et al., No. 16-441, M.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12717).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a medical device maker and certain of its executive officers have shown that they had "good cause" to request leave to amend their complaint because the information they seek to add to the amended complaint was not discovered until after the court-imposed deadline to amend pleadings, a federal judge in California ruled Jan. 25 (In re Intuitive Surgical Securities Litigation, No. 13-1920, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10716).
BOSTON - Securities class action filings reached record highs in 2016, with 300 suits filed during the year, representing a 32 percent increase over 2015, according to a report issued Jan. 23 by NERA Economic Consulting.
CHICAGO - A federal district court did not err in dismissing a trustee's breach of fiduciary duty securities class action lawsuit because his claims were preempted by the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (SLUSA), a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 23 in a 2-1 decision (Margaret Richek Goldberg, as Trustee under the Seymour Richek Revocable Trust, et al. v. Bank of American N.A., et al., No. 11-2989, 7th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 1111).
SAN FRANCISCO - Dismissal of an investor's amended complaint in a shareholder derivative lawsuit against members of the board of directors of an electronics company is proper because the investor failed to plead any material misrepresentations, scienter or loss causation, a federal judge in California ruled Jan. 23 in granting the defendants' motion to dismiss (Pete J. Manger v. LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., et al., No. 16-1161, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9184).
CHICAGO - A Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Jan. 23 affirmed a federal district court's dismissal of a class action lawsuit, ruling that an investor's state law claims are preempted by the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (SLUSA) (Patricia Holtz, et al. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., et al., No. 13-2609, 7th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 1112).
NEW YORK - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., as receiver for two failed banks, properly filed its complaint for violations of federal securities law within the limits of the FDIC extender statute, and a federal district court erred in dismissing the lawsuit as untimely, a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled in a Jan. 18 summary order, reversing and remanding (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., as receiver for Citizens National Bank and Strategic Capital Bank, v. Credit Suisse First Boston Mortgage Securities Corp., et al., No. 15-1057, 2nd Cir.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - State Street Corp. will pay more than $64 million in criminal penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that it engaged in a scheme to defraud a number of its clients by "secretly applying commissions to billions of dollars of securities trades," according to a Justice Department press release issued on Jan. 18.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Moody's Corp. and two of its subsidiaries (collectively, Moody's) will pay approximately $864 million to settle claims with the Department of Justice, 21 states and the District of Columbia arising from the ratings agency's role in providing compromised credit ratings for residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), the Justice Department announced Jan. 13.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Deutsche Bank AG and its current and former subsidiaries and affiliates and ACE Securities Corp. will pay $7.2 billion in civil penalties and relief to homeowners and others to settle claims that it misrepresented investors regarding the investment quality of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2006 and 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Jan. 17.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 agreed to hear an appeal of a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling affirming that shareholders that filed a securities class action lawsuit after opting out of settlement class against the same defendants were barred from doing so as their claims were outside the statute of repose (California Public Employees' Retirement System v. Moody Investors Service Inc., et al., No. 16-373, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 agreed to hear an appeal in a Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action in which an investment adviser seeks a determination as to whether claims for disgorgement are subject to a five-year statute of limitations under federal statute (Charles R. Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 16-529, U.S. Sup.).